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Badminton Star Lin Dan admits to having an affair

Two-time Olympic gold medallist, Lin Dan, shocked the world when he openly admitted to have had an affair while his wife was pregnant back in October.

This was after the photos of Lin Dan and a supermodel from China named Zhao Yaqi, was leaked online in China’s microblogging site, Weibo, by a user known as ‘Detective Zhao’.

In a series of photos and GIFs posted by Detective Zhao, the Badminton superstar was spotted bringing the model out for a date before hugging her intimately in what appears to be a hotel room.
Lin Dan  with Zhao Yaqi in a hotel room

According to ‘Detective Zhao’ the affair allegedly went on while his wife, a former world number one woman’s shuttler, Xie Xingfang, was pregnant with their first child.

The intimate photos showing close proximity between Lin Dan and the model was an instant social media hit as it spread like a wildfire from China’s Weibo to other social media platforms around the world.

But Lin Dan who’s is nicknamed as Super Dan, was quick to apologise over the incident by posting this on his social media account:
“As a man, I do not make any excuses for myself, but my actions have hurt my family. I apologise to them here."

Lin Dan's newborn 
The news could not have come in at a worst timing than this as only weeks ago, Xie Xingfang, gave birth to a baby boy who was already touted to be the heir to his Father’s legacy.

Currently Lin Dan is ranked number 3 in the world, but he is the first ever badminton player to retain the Olympic gold when he followed up his Beijing 2008 win with the title at London 2012.

His rivalry with Malaysia’s Dato’ Lee Chong Wei is considered as one of the most exciting rivalries of all time in the sporting world.

(Photo Source: NewStraitTimes & Weibo)
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